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Rooster fined 166 euros for early morning crowing in Italian town.

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Rooster questioned for laying egg, perhaps at the behest of Satan.

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Volume XIII, Number 2 | spring 2020

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After “a certain knight shamefully divulged the intimacies and the secrets” of his lover, André Le Chapelain wrote in his late twelfth-century The Art of Courtly Love, an ad hoc tribunal of noble Gascon women “decided unanimously that forever after he should be deprived of all hope of love, and that in every court of ladies or of knights he should be an object of contempt and abuse to all.”

The slander of some people is as great a recommendation as the praise of others.

—Henry Fielding, 1730

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